Violent paedophile must stay behind bars; Parole Board denies early release for Adrian ‘Tommy’ Dance

PUBLISHED: 16:30 08 August 2018 | UPDATED: 16:30 08 August 2018

Adrian 'Tommy' Dance, of Budleigh Salterton, has been refused early release by the Parole Board

Adrian 'Tommy' Dance, of Budleigh Salterton, has been refused early release by the Parole Board

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A jailed violent paedophile has failed again in his attempt to gain early release from prison.

The Journal has learned that Adrian ‘Tommy’ Dance, who committed some of his crimes at a time when he lived at Pines Road, Exmouth, recently went before the Parole Board but his attempt at an early release from jail was refused.

Dance, of Queens Road, Budleigh Salterton, who made threats to kill to silence the girls – as young as 11 – he raped and abused, was jailed in 2010 at Exeter Crown Court; he could face a wait of up to two years for his next release review. The Journal understands he could be free as early as May 2019.

Sentence reductions and legal loopholes meant that charity worker Dance – originally jailed for 21-and-a-half-years – was eligible for early release in 2017.

But the Parole Board, which ‘will release an offender only if it is satisfied that it is no longer necessary for the protection of the public for the offender to be confined’, blocked an earlier appeal made by Dance to leave jail last autumn.

A Parole Board spokesman said: “We can confirm that a panel of the Parole Board did not direct the release of Mr Adrian Dance following an oral hearing in July 2018.

“Under current legislation, Mr Dance will be eligible for a further review within two years.

“The date of the next review will be set by the Ministry of Justice.”

A source known to Dance, who did not want to be identified, told the Journal: “It is interesting that the Parole Board turned down his request for early release.

“That may well be because it is considered that he may still be a threat, or that it is possible that he may re-offend.

“In my view he deserves to complete the sentence handed out by the court.

“His victims, who are survivors, can’t apply for a shorter period of suffering and nightmare.

“Unless they are lucky enough to have closure, they may well have to live with the consequences of his actions for a very long time.”

Dance’s sentence was reduced on appeal to 15 years in line with laws set out when his catalogue of vile sex crimes were committed – including the kidnap and rape of a 14-year-old girl.

Dance was brought to justice when one of his victims found the courage to tell police; he has never shown any remorse for his crimes, which date back three decades.

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